Viola Applen -- Chatfield

November 11, 2018

Viola Lucille Applen passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Viola Was born Sept. 5, 1918, to Bert and Gertrude (Kappers) Howard in Brookings, S.D., where she graduated from high school.

She married Donald G. Applen on Dec. 8, 1935, in Grand Meadow. The couple lived in the Spring Valley area until 1948, then they moved to the Chatfield-Eyota area.

Viola worked for Dayton’s as a sales clerk. She enjoyed square dancing and playing cards. She was also a member of Chatfield Lutheran Church.

Viola is survived by her son, Dwayne (Patricia) of Hot Springs, S.D.; two daughters-in-law, Carol Applen of Eyota and Eloise Applen of Rochester; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eileen Oltjen of Spring Valley.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; two sons, John and Larry; and an infant son, Rodney (Stevie); one brother, Bernard; and a sister, Irma.

The funeral service for Viola will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Chatfield Lutheran church, with Pastor Mark Docken officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral services at the church. Burial will take place at the Spring Valley Cemetery in Spring Valley.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a condolence with the family, please visit www.rileyfuneralhomes.com.

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